• Incubation: 12-14 days
• Clutch Size: 3-8 eggs
• Young Fledge: 11 days after hatching
• Typical Foods: insects and snails
• Ohio Status: Species of Concern
Males are golden-orange with blue-gray wings. The females are similar, but not as brightly colored.
Habitat and Habits
Our only cavity-nesting warbler, this species is an inhabitant of wooded swamps. Prothonotary warblers have a rather unmusical, loud song -- a monotone series of zwee zwee zwee notes that carry for considerable distances. Overall, this species is uncommon, and not found away from breeding sites.
Reproduction and Care of the Young
While most of these warblers nest in natural cavities in dead trees, they can be enticed to use appropriate nest boxes placed in suitable habitat. Both parents feed the young.